Nov 03, 10
Read in November, 2010
This play is not only hilarious, but commendably crafted. If the characters intertwining and their Shakespearean guises aren't dizzying enough for you, indulge yourself in their nonsensical social beliefs and assertions. Oscar Wilde makes no hesitations in writing these absurdities and I imagine him in a playhouse corner laughing at the actors saying these things.
The play is entirely entertaining. I seriously doubt Wilde intended too much, if any, truth to be gathered from it on any serious level - except that we should not take ourselves too seriously, or we'll miss out on a great time. It's wonderful to see him express this both in the story and in his style. I laugh at both the story and the man writing it, which I'm sure would please him.